2014 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru "Montmains"

SKU #1307432 96 points Decanter

 A racy and distinguished act with a ripe citrus and stone fruit nose and precise chalky / oyster shell palate. Very pleasant and well thought out with a fresh, salty finish.  (5/2017)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here too there is good Chablis typicity on the citrus, floral and mineral reduction inflected green fruit nose. There is good richness to the sappy middle weight flavors that possess solid amounts of dry extract that also serves to buffer the moderately firm acid spine on the dry, clean and persistent finale. This youthfully austere effort is really quite good and should amply reward mid-term cellaring. Drink: 2020+ *Outstanding*  (8/2016)

91 points John Gilman

 The 2014 Montmains was still in tank and had not yet been bottled on the 19th of November and was showing very nicely indeed. The wine offers up a very refined nose of grapefruit, lemon, spring flowers, limestone minerality and a topnote of lemon zest. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, bright and very precise, with a fine core of fruit, lovely cut and grip and a very long, minerally and precise finish. Lovely juice that will want a couple of years in the cellar to really start to hit on all cylinders. (Drink between 2017-2035)  (12/2015)


 Pale yellow. Subdued aromas of yellow peach, gunflint and olive tapenade. Salty, very dry and nicely concentrated but youthfully backward, showing noteworthy tension in the mouth. Finishes with good building minerality and saline persistence.(ST)  (7/2016)

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2017 | Send Email
This bottle has it all for under $30: great producer, premier cru quality, fantastic vintage! The truth is in the wine itself, with great depth of fruit flavors like Granny Smith apples and Meyer lemons, and white floral notes. It is brimming with minerality and has a rich and precise phenolic texture. The fruit is given a huge lift by the signature acidity of the vintage.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2017 | Send Email
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It doesn't get much better than this. If ever there was a Chablis destined to be consumed with oysters, it is this wine. Gorgeous aromas of seashells, stone fruit and citrus cascade to a palate brimming with energy. Flint notes as well as racy minerality burst over the palate on this bright and zippy Chablis. Louis Michel eschews the use of oak on his Chablis and opts for the fruit source and terroir to shine through. With the great vintage of 2014, this is an absolute stunner.
Drink from 2017 to 2022

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/28/2017 | Send Email
"Montmains" from Louis Michel has power and grace of true Chablis. Pure, rich in texture, aromatic, very mineral, brisk and clean; absolutely unadulterated by oak influence ( 100% stainless steel) . This is the textbook Chablis from one of the best white Burgundy vintages which is almost gone from the market. Definitely essential wine for everybody who loves Burgundy.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/28/2017 | Send Email
As the 2014 white Burgundy vintage disappears from the market, you have to ask yourself, "did I buy enough". My own answer is certainly not. The extremely clean, almost peachy Chardonnay aromatics of this great 2014 bely the strong minerality underneath and behind this wine. This wine is great drinking now with all manner of shellfish, especially the noble Dungeness Crab, but will also develop beautifully over the next ten years.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.